The Lankavatara Sutra: Translation and Commentary and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Lankavatara Sutra Hardcover – 1 Mar 2012


See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
£245.94 £76.81


Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582437912
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582437910
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,040,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

Review

Praise for The Lankavatara Sutra "Buddhism can be daunting to the casual Western reader--daunting in its antiquity, the strangeness and profusion of its names, and the complexity of some of its concepts ... Red Pine eases the path to the Lankavatara Sutra with plentiful notes, explanations, and study questions, as well as his plainspoken translation. Through his work, seekers may get closer to the notions of perception and experience of perception the sutra teaches." --Library Journal

About the Author

Red Pine (Bill Porter) was born in Los Angeles in 1943 and attended graduate school at Columbia University. An acclaimed translator, his published works include three major Buddhist texts: The Platform Sutra, The Diamond Sutra, and The Heart Sutra. He is also the author of Zen Baggage, Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits. Red Pine has lived in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and has traveled extensively in China, visiting Zen temples and seeking out hermits. He lives in Port Townsend, Washington.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
5 star
5
4 star
0
3 star
1
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 6 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M Jenkins on 1 Mar. 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a new translation into English of the Lanakvatara Sutra by award winning translator Red Pine (Bill Porter). The only other translation available of this Sutra is the one done by D T Suzuki and published 80 years ago (The Lankavatara Sutra: A Mahayana Text (1932)). Suzuki's translation was based on the recension of the Sanskrit text prepared by Bunyu Nanjo and published in 1923. This recension was, as Suzuki was aware, problematic and error strewn. This is the first translation into English of the Chinese translation made by Gunabhadra in 443 CE. This was the text used by Bodhidharma (5th/6th century CE), who is regarded as the transmitter of Chan (Jp. Zen) Buddhism from India to China. It is also the text he is said to have passed on to his successor Dazu Huike (487-593). Bodhidharma is said to have told Huike that the Lanakavatara Sutra contained everything he needed to know. It therefore holds an important place in the early understanding and transmission of Zen.

This is not an easy Sutra, indeed Red Pine himself says "The Lanka is not a text that welcomes the casual reader. An understanding of its teachings requires a teacher, or incredibly good karma. And such teachers and karma have always been rare. There have been times when the Lanka achieved a certain amount of popularity, but it has never been a text whose readership was widespread - its reputation, yes, but not its readership." It is a text to be read and contemplated over a lifetime.

Not only do I like the translation of the core text but Red Pine has also included chapter summaries, explanations and notes based on the commentaries of a number of Ming Dynasty and 20th century monks.
Read more ›
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Maybe not the best place to start for beginners but If you think you are ready then buy it - Confirmation, affirmation, direction.
What price clarity? What cost ignorance?
For me the best Lankavatara Sutra translation available in English.
I read D T Suzuki's version some time ago, I felt it was a struggle. I've also tried/waded through quite a few others.
I found Red Pines translation to be both poetical and much more accessible than the aforementioned attempts.
For me Suzuki's Lankavatara commentary (available free on the internet) is invaluable when getting to grips with this Sutra but the actual sutra transalation is not his best work.
Red Pines translation brought this Sutra to life for me so hopefully it will do something similar for you.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The commentaries in this book is really helpful to follow the deep meaning in this sutra . The best translation so far found and the one that could trust the original meaning has not been destroyed .
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again


Feedback